The government must look at forcing manufacturers to put “repairability” scores on electric devices, opposition parties have said.
From next year, a scheme in France will label phones, fridges, lawnmowers and other items in this way to encourage more environment-friendly purchases.
The Liberal Democrats and Green Party want this to be tested in the UK, which has a higher level of electrical waste.
Ministers promised to “make it as easy as possible” to buy re-usable goods.
The government added that it was “seeking powers” to make companies more “resource-efficient”.